Heathcliff is a kitty kiddie comic that apparently still exists. In this recent installment, Heathcliff appears to be calling the ref a fairy
, non-verbally. This is the kind of bullshit that probably a lot of gay people no longer find offensive—I think a lot of the unoffendables mistake being a victim or being hypersensitive with calling someone out for perpetuating anti-gay feelings
. In other words, I don't feel all teary and threatened, I just feel like if I owned a newspaper I'd can this cat.
The best comment on Queerty, the one I relate to the most, is not the one decrying the horror of this cartoon, nor is it the one pooh-poohing it, it's this one:
"I think that when we're desensitized to epithets, no matter how minor...we've lost the battle."
Meanwhile, anti-gay attitudes—unchallenged in many ways—in the Arab world (and beyond) are leading the way on an effort at the U.N. to keep gay discrimination A-okay globally. A European faction introduced a measure that would come out against the criminalization of homosexuality that got 66 countries to sign aboard, so Syria proposed a measure that worries such an effort would lead to making pedophilia the norm.
And in case you're getting mad at the Arabs, let your anger start at home—the United States of America has not signed the pro-gay measure, claiming its broad language puts it at odds with some of our own states' (anti-gay) laws.
So who's the fairy again?
For a gay-friendly comic strip, try "The Meaning Of Lila,"
which is the first nationally-syndicated strip featuring an openly-gay lead. My pal Matthew tells me that "Lila" even appears in Stars & Stripes, the military newspaper.